Alpamayo & Quitaraju

Two climbers stand at the base of Alpamayo
Climbing through deep snow to reach Alpamayo, Peru.
Spectacular mountains surround a campsite overlooking a lake enroute to Alpamayo.

Alpamayo is often hailed as the world's most beautiful mountain, with its iconic fluted snow slopes descending like fingers from its summit. Make the most of your acclimatisation by completing three ascents in one expedition, including Quitaraju, another sustained technical challenge for committed alpinists, and the optional add-on, Artesonraju, renowned for its resemblance to the Paramount Pictures logo.

Depending on conditions, our ascent of Alpamayo follows either the Ferarri Route or Italian Route, both demanding moderately steep snow and ice climbing up to 70 degrees, necessitating prior experience with such terrain.

We acclimatise on an ascent of 5,686m/18,655ft Vallunaraju before moving to Alpamayo for the ultimate ascent. A technical climbing day takes us to a high camp from where we embark on the steep ice-face to the summit. Apart from high mountain camp moves, the load-carrying is provided by porters and donkeys. This is a great high-altitude technical adventure!

Follow Alpamayo with a climb of the North Face of Quitaraju, a notably longer route than Alpamayo, but not as steep, providing an enjoyable, sustained ice and snow climb through to the summit. Two technical peaks in one expedition!

Make it three with an ascent of Artesonraju, a much recommended six day add-on that commences while you are still well acclimatised from climbing Alpamayo. Artesonraju is possibly the perfect depiction of a mountain, with fine aesthetic lines that make the mountain look startlingly similar to the Paramount Pictures logo. The climbing route is similar in technical difficulty to Alpamayo and Quitaraju, and enables you to continue to enjoy the splendour of the Peruvian Andes with the additional climbing highlight that this climb delivers.

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  • Climb one of the world’s most beautiful mountain faces
  • Moderate-altitude mountaineering on technical ground
  • Follow Alpamayo with an ascent of Quitaraju (6,036m/19,803ft), a second sustained technical climb!
  • Optional add-on climb of Artesonraju (6,025m/19,767ft), making three peaks in one expedition!

Climbing Ability

Climbing Ability







19 days





Arrive in Lima, transfers to hotel


Tourist bus first class seat Lima to Huaraz


Acclimatisation day in Huaraz, rock climbing at Los Olivos crags


Day hike to Macashca Hills


Day hike from Pitec to Laguna Churup


Vallunaraju to Morena Camp


Vallunaraju climbing instruction, camp at Morena Camp


Vallunaraju summit climb, return to Huaraz


Rest day

DAY 10

Drive Huaraz to Cashapampa, trek to Llama Corral, camp

DAY 11

Trek to Alpamayo Base Camp

DAY 12

Climb to Moraine Camp

DAY 13

Climb to High Camp

DAY 14

Summit day, return to High Camp

DAY 15

Climb Quitaraju or Contingency day/Rest day

DAY 16

Return to Base Camp

DAY 17

Base Camp to Cashapampa, drive to Huaraz (or move to Artesonraju Base Camp if continuing on the Artesonraju Extension)

DAY 18

Transfer back to Lima

DAY 19

Transfer to airport/flights home for those that didn't depart on prior evening

Interactive Alpamayo Map

Departures and Pricing

Note: Dates are subject to change due to many factors out of our control
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The need for exceptional physical fitness cannot be over-emphasised. A regular, strenuous programme must be followed for many months to achieve the level of fitness required. We suggest a programme tailored to mountaineering such as those from Uphill Athlete.

Technical Experience

Climbers should have experience with multi-pitch climbing (rock or ice), and be comfortable following Grade 4 ice climbs.

Altitude Experience

Climbers should have experience climbing above 4,000m/15,000ft.

On the summit of Alpamayo.
Why Adventure Consultants

Adventure Consultants is renowned for the quality of its service and strategy applied to high altitude expedition climbing. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination. We have a philosophy of investing in every expedition to offer our climbers the best possible chance of success.

We employ strong and specialised Expedition leaders and support staff, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams, the best back-up and support available. This includes nutritious and ample quantities of food, comfortable base camp facilities, reliable communications systems and the necessary medical back up.

Many of our expedition members come to us because they have seen us in action on a previous trip and decide to opt for our level of service and proven experience. Others return because they know we do our very best to make expeditions safe and successful.

Climbers beneath Mt Alpamayo in Peru

The price of your trip includes the following:

  • Qualified and experienced guides
  • High-end lodging and camps
  • Excellent food and catering
  • Expert logistics
  • Porter support 
  • Regular dispatches for families and friends to follow your expedition
  • Comprehensive support from our New Zealand office team.
Sitting adjacent to Alpamayo is the stunning snow covered Quitaraju

Follow up your Alpamayo ascent with a quick climb of the adjacent 6,000m Quitaraju.

A tent door frames the asethetic Alpamayo.

The weather in Peru is usually very stable and opportunities for success are high.

A campsite on the trek into Base Camp

Talk about value for time. Climb Vallunaraju and Quitaraju and Alpamayo all on the same 3 week program!

Two climbers descend off Vallunaraju

"The food was consistently outstanding! The only problem was maybe that we had too much! I had a fantastic trip."

Dominic Warland, Australia
A spectacular orange sunset on Alpamayo

"I can’t recommend the company more highly, for your professionalism, organisation, level of communication before, during and after the expedition, level of experience of the guides, safety record, systems."

Mareike Miller, Australia
Alpamayo summit day, dual ice tool climbing up a snow flute

"AC is one of the brands I trust the most and I’d definitely recommend you to anyone looking to do something similar."

Tom Stuart, UK
The stunning peak of Artesonraju

Make the most of your acclimatisation and add on an ascent of the spectacular Artesonraju for a fulfilling finale in only 1 more week!

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